Official documentation - adapted from OFSTED Handbook - September 2017
OUR SMSC VISION
At Whitehouse Community Primary School, our vision is to
“enable everyone to thrive and achieve their full potential”
As such, we aim to provide all the members of our school community with an inclusive, welcoming and exciting learning and working environment within which they can be happy, thrive and prosper.
At Whitehouse Primary School, we are fully committed to a holistic approach to learning which provides numerous opportunities to enhance the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils whilst promoting the fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Respect and Tolerance.
OUR INTEGRATED APPROACH TO SMSC
At Whitehouse Community Primary School, we aim to furnish pupils with a range of exciting learning opportunities which will enable them to develop the attitudes and skills necessary for them to grow into responsible, happy and productive individuals and citizens. This is achieved through an integrated approach to SMSC as illustrated below.
- Our School Policies ensure that there are clear procedures in place to ensure the smooth and safe running of the school as well as the safety of everybody within its walls.
- Pupils and staff have closely worked together to develop a set of School Rules and Learning Behaviours - the Whitehouse Way - which provide a strong moral compass and sets outs clear guidelines as to how pupils should behave and conduct themselves to maximise their learning in and outside of lessons.
- We aim to provide a rich and broad Curriculum which is closely matched to the experiences, needs, interests and life goals of the children we serve.
- We aim to offer an array of morning, lunch and after-school clubs as well as day and residential trips which reinforce the learning taking place in the classroom and maximise opportunities for pupils to find something they excel at; thus improving self-esteem, raising aspirations and acting as a powerful incentive for pupils to work hard to reach their life goal.
- Whole school events such as "Summer Fair”, “Christmas Fair”, “MacMillan Coffee Morning”, “World Book Day", "Sports’ Day” and “Red Nose Day” bring the whole school community together and provide a memorable and meaningful context within which pupils can live their school’s values
- Pupils are given the chance to gain valuable life skills by taking part in a whole range of volunteering Schemes in and outside of lessons (School Council, Prefects, TOAST Squad, Register Monitors, book monitors etc)
- The school is keen to promote Democracy with all school stakeholders being given the opportunity to play an active role in decision-making. Parents are encouraged to provide formal and informal feedback at Parents; Evening and through our newly formed Parent Forum which meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Pupil Voice is also becoming a strong feature of the school with an array of opportunities for pupils to influence the decisions that affect them. This is done either directly with pupils taking part in surveys or by providing feedback via focus groups as well as expressing their views indirectly through elected representatives such as School Councillors; the election of which provide pupils with first-hand experience of the democratic process.
- Whitehouse Community Primary School is committed to enhancing environmental awareness through its own practice. It is conserving energy by using solar panels and energy efficient light bulbs and promotes recycling in all areas of the school including classrooms, offices and even the Dinner Hall. Recycled materials are also routinely used for Art projects. On the other hand, children are encouraged, through the Academic and Broader Curriculum, to think about their own use of natural resources and their carbon footprint. With this in mind, Year 5 were recently provided with the opportunity to reflect on the impact of wastage on the environment when they recently visited the new local incinerator at Great Blakeham.
- Pupils are encouraged to represent their school in a range of local sporting features and tournaments (football, netball, cross-country etc).
The school has upon time built a strong working relationship with the local community (parents, church, local businesses, local schools, organisations and charities) which it regularly calls upon to enhance pupils' learning.